Producer:Dave ByrneCiaran CreaghSimon Doyle
Ruth (Caoilfhionn Dunne) is a woman filled with rage, guilt and self-loathing, unable to forgive herself for a drunken indiscretion with a colleague which resulted in the loss of her husband and her unborn child. As her moodswings and angry outbursts increasingly test her workmates’ patience, she seeks help but is coming to believe that there is only one course of action to ease her pain. In a characterisation that is uncompromisingly dark and, for a female role, unusually violent, Caoilfhionn Dunne presents a portrait of a woman, once respected as a senior figure in a male-dominated environment, now spiralling downwards into depression, alcoholism and despair.
Writer/director Ciaran Creagh creates a fitting vehicle for this extraordinary performance in a tightly-scripted film that is as bleak and raw as it is memorable.
Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn
93 minutes, Ireland, 2016, Colour
ALL OF US STRANGERS
ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: LOVE IS IN THE AIR
12.50 (Programme 1)
IFI & DIFF: THE SWIMMING DIARIES + Q&A
THE TASTE OF THINGS
THE ZONE OF INTEREST
WICKED LITTLE LETTERS
WILD STRAWBERRIES: ONE LIFE
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council